There are no easy turns at NL10K

Your expertise is required again to solve a tricky spot at the highest stakes of poker. This time OtB_RedBaron needs your help on the turn.

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A game for three players

Welcome to our next high stakes hand review, this time with some loose action at a reg-only three-handed table.

One of the guys involved is prot0 who had been able to register particularly good results in 2017 with a plus of more than half a million, as reported by stambolov is a great player as well, still a bit of a dark horse though and therefore we don't have any wild or interesting stories to share just yet. Keeping things simple, our Hero will be OtB_RedBaron again, a player we've already learned a lot about in previous reviews.

All three regs at the table are great versatile players who decided to cancel any rebuys and just let their stacks shrink in this match. That's a clear sign everyone's giving themselves no or at most only a minor edge on the other players, as smaller stacks usually lead to a small mathematical advantage.

A reason why they would play each other at all here is that you can't sit out at a three-handed table at PokerStars anymore. It looks as if nobody wanted to leave this table, so they instead decided to just give it a go, ensuring that there's at least a chance a recreational player can still stumble upon their table.

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Making use of something too small, like a stack in poker

Diving into the action

is not a particularly beautiful hand to steal with, especially when you have to deal with a positional disadvantage. Still, at a three-handed table, a hand like that is usually always played in the small blind, either by completing or in this case by raising. In contrast, the smaller stack is an advantage for OtB_RedBaron here, as previously explained.

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Today's action in detail

The flop doesn't look very attractive either, still it's better than it seems at first sight.

The bottom pair we hit gives us some outs on a two-pair and trips. Even if that's just five more cards in total, they still make the hand much easier to play. Therefore, it's generally a decent flop for the preflop aggressor who can easily bet a large part of his range here. And whenever that's the case, the bet size will decrease accordingly.

The small raise from the Big Blind is a direct result of him knowing Hero is betting most of his hands, therefore our hand is in turn strong enough to call that raise.

An early decision awaits

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The on the turn almost doesn't change anything of relevance, except that some flush draws have become possible as well now.

It doesn't really make sense to take the initiative again though. By betting you wouldn't be able to get good hands to fold anyway, while simultaneously not allowing weaker hands to still try a buff. Since we would first check our monsters in this spot as well, we should play weaker hands like our bottom pair exactly the same way. But what are we supposed to do after our check?

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An option would be to check and fold against another bet by the opponent. The pot has become quite big and our hand isn't that great after all.

If we decided to check/raise instead, we could show quite a lot of strength after bet/calling the flop, while still having the mentioned five outs. The flush draw will only rarely be hidden in the opponent's pocket, therefore not turning a or another diamond on the river into a real problem.

Check/calling would keep the pot much smaller than a check/raise, while still giving us the chance to bluff if the river blanks for us. In turn, actually hitting a two-pair or trips on the last street would be something our opponent wouldn't really expect, making it more likely that we get a good payoff.

Our solution for the last high stakes hand

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The decision in our last high stakes hand review seems to have been a tough one since there was an equal amount of votes for each option in our communities.

In the actual hand, our Hero Bit2Easy decided to go all-in directly for almost pot-size after hitting a weak top pair on the river. If you're putting trust into the current solver tools on the market, that seems to have been the wrong decision, though.

Instead, against an aggressive opponent, check/fold or check/call would have been the recommended play. There's quite a simple reason for this: If we push ourselves, we give our opponent less of a chance to make a costly mistake.

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  • xxnub


    I think check fold here is best although he mini raised our cBet on quite dry flop I think if he fires again we must to find fold button.